the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry

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Etymology[edit]

From a Scots poem by Robert Burns, To a Mouse

Proverb[edit]

the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry

  1. No matter how a project is planned, accidents or misfortune can still happen with it.
    • 1785, To a Mouse, Robert Burns
      But mouse, you are not alone,
      In proving foresight may be vain;
      The best laid schemes of mice and men go often askew
      And leave us nothing by grief and pain,
      For promised joy!

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